Punchy wrote:I just thought it was funny when Cyclops kind of turned him around and had him blaming Iron Man.
Agreed. Besides, it was
Iron Man's fault.
Look, I was a big pre-Bendis Hawkeye fan, he was my favourite part of Busiek's Avengers and the reason why I love the Thunderbolts, but I see no problem with his development. It stands to reason in my eyes that once Clint had been killed and came back to life himself, he would have a different perspective and be OK with killing people, especially with all of the dark stuff that happened.
The guy's only superpower is that he uses a weapon that is designed to kill, it makes sense, and frankly, I never noticed the whole 'never kill' part of his character, to me, that's more of a Spider-Man thing, or a Daredevil thing when he's contrasted with the Punisher.
I'm not going to debate about whether or not Hawkeye should kill or shouldn't kill. That is a completely different issue. The problems that I have with the way that Bendis writes Hawkeye can pretty much be summed up in the interaction he had with Scott Summers from the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men. Hawkeye, a member of the Avengers, decides to take it upon himself to threaten to put an arrow between Scott's eyes in the middle of the day while people are watching. He made it perfectly clear to the entire world that if Scott didn't surrender he would kill him. My problem with the way that Bendis writes Hawkeye is the fact that Bendis's Hawkeye doesn't think. We all know that Hawkeye can be pretty brash but as you pointed out, he doesn't have an actual
superpower. Hawkeye needs to be smart, he needs to be able to think on his feet, and he needs to be able to adapt so that he can keep up and stand side by side with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Otherwise, what is the difference between Clint Barton and any other man or woman who wants to throw on a costume and join the Avengers?